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By Randy Beaudette

The Gilpin County Commissioners meeting was called to order at the Gilpin County Courthouse August 9, 2016 at 9 a.m. with Commissioners Madam Chair Linda Isenhart, Buddy Schmalz and  Gail Watson. Also in attendance were County Manager Roger Baker, County Attorney Jim Petrock, and Deputy Clerk to the Board Sharon Cate.

There were no public or press comments.

Review of Financial Statements

John Cutler, CPA, of Cutler and Associates and Finance Director Clorinda Smith presented the 2015 Review of Financial Statements. Nothing stood out as being an unusual or overly excessive. Overall the Board was pleased with the results.

Cost Allocation Plan

Eric Parish of MGT of America and Financial Director Clorinda Smith presented a Cost Allocation Plan Review to the Board of Commissioners. The plan methodology is to identify and distribute indirect costs. Indirect costs are defined as costs that are found in departments that provide services to other County departments. Direct costs are services provided to the public. The Allocation Plan assists to recover allowable costs from Federal and State programs (grants and awards) and allocates appropriate indirect costs to funds, programs and/or activities.

Presentation of Certificates of Recognition

Humans Services Director Betty Donovan and the Gilpin County Board of Commissioners presented Certificates of Recognition to Jenni Josselyn and Karen Erdman for their achievement of initiating and maintaining a very successful Summer Lunch Program for school age children of Gilpin County. The program had five distributions that provided two weeks of lunches for the kids during the summer months when the kids weren’t attending school.

Dog Days Continue

The final reading of Ordinance #16-01, Pertaining to the Welfare, Control and Licensing of Dogs, was presented by the Gilpin County Board of Commissioners. Commissioner Watson requested additional corrections be made under the “Control” exclusions section. The Ordinance passed pending the corrections. Dog owners have until September 15, 2016 to license their pooches with the County Sherriff’s Department in order to avoid any additional fines if their dogs have a run-in with the law.

Petition for Abatement/Refund of Taxes

Ann Schafer presented a Petition for Abatement or Refund of Taxes for Isle of Capri Black Hawk LLC. The owner’s assessment is based on the Market Approach method and is valued at $81,800,800. The Assessors value is $91,145,730 based on Cost and Income approach. The final corrected assessed value is $86,337,700 which will result in a refund to The Isle of $36,959. County Commissioners approved the refund based on recommendations set forth in the petition document.

White Collar Exemption Proposal

Finance Director Clorinda Smith and Human Resources Manager, Susie Allen presented a proposal to the Board of Commissioners. United States Department of Labor (DOL) updated the regulations governing which white collar workers are entitled to minimum wage and overtime protections. The new regulation increased overtime exempt minimum to $47,476 a year in 2016. Case Manager and Caseworker III are currently under this $47,476 threshold. The proposal would categorize these two positions as “Non-Exempt Salary” (NES) which would allow the employees to collect overtime pay. The current Case Manager makes over the $47,476 per year and will remain exempt. If this position opens up in the future the new case worker will make less than the DOL minimum and will be categorized as NES. Two of the three Caseworker IIIs are exempt. The remaining Caseworker III works an abbreviated work week which results in a wage less than the DOL minimum. This employee will receive the new NES status upon approval. There will be no financial impact to the current budget. The Commissioners approved the proposal.

2015 EMPG Special Project Grant Application

Sgt. Kevin Armstrong and Sheriff Bruce Hartman submitted a Special Project Grant Application on behalf of the Gilpin County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO). The grant will be used to purchase equipment, technology and furniture that will allow the Sheriff’s office to set up and maintain an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for emergency events. Currently the GCSO does not have an EOC to perform the necessary functions in the event of a major incident. The grant application is requesting $16,062 with matching Federal funds that will total $32,124. Gilpin County Commissioners approved the application.

County Manager’s Report

County Manager Roger Baker asked the Commissioners to appoint a representative to the CDOT I-70 Corridor Leadership Team. This team will address challenges, discuss goals, and implement solutions to make the commute smoother from the top of Floyd Hill to the Eisenhower Johnson Tunnels. Madam Chair Isenhart accepted the appointment with the approval of the remaining Commissioners.

Next Meeting

The next Gilpin County Board of Commissioners meeting will be August 23, 2016, at 9 a.m. at the old Gilpin County Courthouse at 203 Eureka St. Central City, Colorado.

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